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Life in Culebrón is a disconnected series of pieces about the banal and ordinary of everyday life in an inland Alicante village seen from my very British perspective.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Lel fiesta

According to the last census Lel has 44 inhabitants. It is not a big place. It's one of the villages, like ours in Culebrón, linked to the larger town of Pinoso.

Over the weekend they had their annual fiesta so we thought we'd go and have a look.

We got there just before midnight and there were cars parked all over the place. The village square was lit with strings of lights, there was a two piece band banging out Pasa Dobles and recent hit songs and there were several long tables just outside the village hall littered with the remains of quite a grand meal. At least a hundred people must have eaten. The more energetic were dancing, the youngsters, dressed in their finery, leaned against parked cars loaded with sound systems. There was a stall selling the equivalent of "kiss me quick" hats and popcorn but there was no bar.

As we didn't have a suitable car to lean against, as I never dance and as there was no drink to be had we left within a few minutes.

It wasn't that impressive in one way, very routine really, but the idea that a village served by roads better described as tracks and with no population to speak of would go to the effort of mounting a fiesta was impressive.

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